June

05

2020

Coronavirus Brings Out the Best in Us

By Jim Bell, CEO Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   It’s been almost three months since most of us went into lockdown. Months of anxiously waiting for the daily announcement of new COVID-19 cases. Months of wall-to-wall news coverage about how the coronavirus has disrupted the lives […]

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June

05

2020

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May

12

2020

‘Caremongering’ in the Midst of a Crisis

By Jim Bell, CEO Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   There’s no denying it. Many of us feel anxious and stressed about the coronavirus situation. Even though restrictions are slowly lifting, we know there is a long road ahead, and all of us will need to continue […]

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May

12

2020

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April

19

2020

Cheers to Volunteers – National Volunteer Week 2020

It is National Volunteer Week 2020, and although we can’t be together right now, we still want to celebrate the commitment and contributions of Siloam’s volunteers. To all of our volunteers, THANK YOU. Volunteers contribute greatly to Siloam’s mission. Last year, between our registered volunteers and community members, 93,939 hours of volunteering were contributed. With […]

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April

19

2020

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April

09

2020

Caring Needs to be Contagious

By Jim Bell, CEO Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   How will we keep the homeless safe from a highly contagious virus that’s spreading into almost every community in the world? These days that’s the question ringing in my head from the second I get up to […]

April

09

2020

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March

17

2020

A Letter to Our Community: COVID-19 Response

By Jim Bell, CEO Dear Friend,I hope you and your family are safe. I hope you’re healthy. And I hope it stays that way for you.At this time of great concern for us all, please be assured that you remain in our prayers. I know that everyone’s inboxes are inundated with information about how organizations are coping […]

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March

17

2020

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March

01

2020

Being Homeless is Hard Work

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   There are many assumptions about men and women facing homelessness. Perhaps the most common one is that they are too lazy to work. But what if I told you being homeless is actually a lot of work? Let me […]

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March

01

2020

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January

28

2020

Cold Weather Freezes Body and Soul

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   With a deep freeze on our doorstep, many people are turning their attention to the needs of the homeless. At Siloam Mission we get dozens of calls per day from caring Manitobans wanting to know how the cold weather […]

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January

28

2020

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December

30

2019

A Paycheque Means So Much More Than Money

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   I’m often asked what’s the best way to end homelessness. The answer is complicated. But at the most basic level, we know that we can end homelessness in three steps. First, we need to help people deal with their […]

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December

30

2019

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November

30

2019

Good Will to All is the Greatest Gift

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   I dread this time of the year. It’s not that I don’t like the Christmas season. In fact, it’s one of my favourite holidays and gives me hope every year. It’s not the fact that the football season is […]

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November

30

2019

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October

28

2019

Entertaining Angels Unawares

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   It happened at 4 in the morning on a cold and rainy night last week. The wind was howling. We had just come back from walking through the downtown core with the Bear Clan. Along the way we had […]

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October

28

2019

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